Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews
In this heartwarming story we meet Luke Hayes, a Rancher from Teton Valley, Wyoming. Luke has always loved the great outdoors with its clean invigorating air; even the call of the wild brings comfort to him. There is no place in the world he would rather be, but when his Grandfather passes away and names Luke as heir to his fortune he has to head to Valley Falls, New York. While in Valley Falls he has to persuade his little sister Samantha to come home without telling her the reason why. Luke is sure it won't take long to rid himself of whatever his Grandfather has left him.
When Luke swaggers into Hayes Academy looking the part of a cowboy from the boots on his feet, to the gun at his side, all the way to the hat on his head; Elizabeth Wells, Samantha's Math Teacher cannot believe her eyes. Who does this man think he is showing up in an All Girl's School? To make matters worse Samantha has jumped up and thrown herself in his arms in front of the whole class! Then it hits her, before her stands the man that can make or break Hayes Academy; The Hayes Heir.
When Luke realizes the extent of his Grandfather's vast fortune he knows he cannot get rid of it as easily as he thought; there are a lot of people that will be affected by the changes. Looks like he will have to come back after taking Samantha home but when she refuses to leave Valley Falls before she graduates Luke reluctantly agrees to a slight delay. Luke wants to tell her her the reason she is needed home so quickly but he is sworn to secrecy.
Luke is bombarded with people wondering if he will have the same heart for giving that his Grandfather did. Hayes Academy seems to be one place that truly needs that huge donation his Grandfather had been giving! Will a certain feisty Math teacher be able to persuade him that girls deserve an education too? Will Elizabeth be the lure that makes Luke want to stay in Valley Falls?
I've always loved a good cowboy story and this one by Naomi Rawlings didn't disappoint. There are a lot of unexpected twists that will keep you flipping those pages. Don't be surprised if you will be like me and not want to put it down until the very last page has been devoured! Thanks Naomi!
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